There's something magical about the Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'). Maybe it's the way it seems to glow in the sunshine or the way it transforms from silvery gray to blue as it matures. Either way, the sight of this iridescent cedar is captivating.
This stately evergreen is the most popular Atlas cedar for a reason. It grows into a regal pyramid shape over its lifetime. It stays narrow and conical for about two decades before its lower branches begin reaching further and further out. Its top eventually flattens out as its bottom branches continue to expand.
Both male and female varieties produce fun petite cones that grow upright from stiff horizontal branches. These barrel-shaped cones can be fuzzy and elongated but will plump and harden as they develop. They become quite attractive in shape and pattern.
The Blue Atlas's little needles deserve some attention of their own. These pointy leaves spring out in a radial sunburst pattern in small clusters along its branches. They can grow to reach half an inch to one-inch in length. And admirers of the Blue Atlas adore the silver-grayish blue color of its leaves.
If you want to add a sense of grandeur and mystique to your landscape, the Blue Atlas is happy to oblige. It grows best in sunny conditions and partial shade. To keep the Blue Atlas happy, plant it in moist soil that drains rapidly. It will tolerate most soils though, including clay soil.
Bring some magic to your home by planting a Blue Atlas as a specimen in your yard. Just give it sheltered spot from the worst of the winter winds for best results.
You'll appreciate the allure and charm of the Blue Atlas Cedar. Add one to your yard for a wondrous way to increase the elegance of your landscape.
|Botanical Name||Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'|
|Mature Height||40 - 50 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Growing Zone Range||5-9|